Firearms remain the only consumer product not regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and no personal liability insurance is required. The fact that this continues in spite of reports of children being shot by family, friends, and neighbors, and incidents in which gun owners have accidentally shot themselves, is reprehensible.
Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action’s executive director, says gun safety laws should make it a criminal offense to allow children to access weapons. “The majority of these tragedies could have been prevented by responsible firearm storage. When a child dies or is injured because a gun is left unsecured in a home, it’s not an accident,” she said. A recent report from Everytown for Gun Safety found that 70 percent of these incidents are preventable. And over 86% of people, including over 77% of gun owners, believe parents who own guns should be required to keep them locked away and unloaded.
“Perhaps most important, 82% of Americans and 81% of gun owners favor ‘allowing law enforcement to charge adult gun owners with a crime when a minor gains access to a negligently stored gun and death or serious injury occur.’ Because if you leave your child in a hot car with the windows up or let them climb into a pool without adult supervision or they get their hands on your alcohol, you go to jail. It doesn’t make any sense for guns to be treated differently.” writes columnist Cliff Schecter.